Roger Wilkie, Concertmaster and Southern California native, has enjoyed a rich and varied musical life. Born to a musical family, Mr. Wilkie’s professional career began in 1983, when at the age of 21 he joined the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, eventually being appointed principal second violin. He has since returned to the ensemble as guest concertmaster.
This experience led to other opportunities as guest concertmaster with such groups as Los Angeles Opera, including productions of Strauss operas Die Frau Ohne Schatten, and Der Rosenkavalier, the Round Top Festival Orchestra of Texas, the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, and the Real Filharmonia de Galicia, Spain under music director Helmut Rilling. Presently, Mr. Wilkie’s orchestral life is centered on the Long Beach Symphony, where he has served as concertmaster since 1990. He has had many opportunities to solo with the orchestra, performing the violin concertos of Brahms, Mendelssohn, Sibelius, Bruch, Prokofiev, Brahms Double Concerto and in January 2009, the Tchaikovsky concerto.
Mr. Wilkie is in great demand as a chamber musician. He was a founding member of the Angeles String Quartet, performing and touring from 1988-1993. He was solo violinist with Santa Barbara based Camerata Pacifica, on whose series he played hundreds of concerts as recitalist and chamber musician over a ten year period. He has appeared at many chamber music festivals including La Jolla Summerfest, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Festival.
Presently, Mr. Wilkie is a member of the Pacific Trio with cellist John Walz and pianist Edith Orloff. The trio concertized in Europe in 2002, and again in 2004. The highlight of the 2004 tour was a performance and recording of the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Prague Philharmonic. In February, 2009, the Trio toured Germany and Austria ending with recording sessions in Vienna for a cd of American works for Piano Trio.
Mr. Wilkie’s career also extends to the Hollywood Studios, where he has participated in the soundtracks for over 1000 films as well as television recordings. In 2005 he received the honor of serving as concertmaster for John Williams’ scores for “Indiana Jones IV” “Munich” and “Memoirs of a Geisha.” You may hear his recent solo work on the score of the movie “A Single Man.” The entire score is available on Youtube. He also has a violin solo in “The Adventures of Tintin” score by John Williams.